Paul Draper

Paul is known for the fine cabernets and chardonnays of the Monte Bello estate vineyards, and as a pioneer in the production of long-lived, complex zinfandels, in particular, those from the Geyserville and Lytton Springs vineyards.

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Executive Team

Our Executive Team consists of Paul Draper, Chairman of the Board; Mark Vernon, CEO; John Olney, Head Winemaker and COO; David Gates, Senior VP of Vineyard Operations; Ryan Moore, Senior VP of Consumer Sales; Michael Torino, Senior VP of Global Sales and Charles Marin, Senior VP of Finance

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Winemaking Team

Our Winemaking Team consists of John Olney, Head Winemaker & COO; Trester Goetting, Winemaker at Monte Bello; Shauna Rosenblum, Winemaker at Lytton Springs; and Michael Bairdsmith, Assistant Winemaker at Lytton Springs.

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Vineyard Team

Our vineyard team keeps a close eye on the health of our estate vineyards in Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains, using organic and sustainable farming techniques.

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Organic & Sustainable

We are committed to sustainability and organic farming of our vineyards. We are the largest grower of organically certified grapes in Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Ingredient Labeling

Ridge provides on its labels a list of actions and ingredients to demonstrate how little intervention is necessary to produce a fine, terroir-driven wine from distinctive fruit.

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Judgment of Paris

In 1976, Steven Spurrier, an Englishman running a wine shop and wine school in Paris, organized a tasting of six top California cabernets and chardonnays to celebrate the American Bicentennial. He added four Bordeaux wines and four white Burgundies to act as markers against which to evaluate the Californians.

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Historic Monte Bello

The properties that now comprise the Ridge Monte Bello Estate were first developed and planted to wine grapes during the late 1800s and early 1900s by four different, unique owners.

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Historic Lytton Springs

The vineyards and surrounding property at Lytton Springs are named after Captain William H. Litton, a colorful figure in early Sonoma County history who dabbled in land speculation, making and losing several fortunes, Lytton Springs being his last major enterprise.

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